Tag Archives: Lessons

Why One Hundred Percent is Important

or ‘The tale of why my classroom is full of students doing retests’ Students join us from a variety of secondary schools into a range of different Maths programs (we are a 16-18 provider). They come with different experiences, strengths … Continue reading

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Standardised Normal Distribution [Hinge Questions]

This post is to check understanding of normal distributions when students are required to standardise. Note that the answers given are from using the normal table to look up P(Z < z), not a calculator method. a) The student mixed … Continue reading

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Resolving using F = ma [Hinge Questions]

This question is for checking students understanding of resolving forces using Newton’s Second Law F = ma Breakdown: a) Student has misunderstood how to use the parity of the force components. b) Correct solution c) Student has used the incorrect … Continue reading

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Force Diagrams [Hinge Questions]

This question comes fresh from teaching Mechanics 1; for assessing whether students can draw force diagrams involving motion. a) Student has selected the diagram where R is not perpendicular to the surface on which the object sits. b) Student has … Continue reading

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Kruskal’s Algorithm [Hinge Questions]

I wrote another Hinge Question: Decomposition: a) Student performed Prim not Kruskal starting at A,B,C,G or H b) Student performed prim starting at D, E, F or I c) Student allowed a loop to be created d) Student did Kruskal … Continue reading

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Do Farmers use Desmos?

Last year I wrote about min and max tasks with real life examples. This year I used the same ‘tray’ task again: But this time I used Desmos to collect their results: And then to check our function seemed valid: … Continue reading

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#ExploreMTBoS Task 4 – More listening, more learning.

This feels like a bit of a cop out for Mission 4; but I *did* host the #GlobalMath Autumn special. I figured I would write a post thanking all those who presented rather than talk about what went on – … Continue reading

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Hinge Questions

What is a hinge question? A check for understanding at a ‘hinge-point’ in a lesson, so-called because of two inter-linked meanings: 1) It is the point where you move from one key idea/activity/point on to another. 2) Understanding the content … Continue reading

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#ExploreMTBoS Task 1 – Favourite rich task.

This community is so badass that we have a group of teachers who have given up a bunch of there time just to get more people involved. I’m helping by doing what they ask me to do. So here’s my … Continue reading

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Desmos for HOMEWORK!?

We started the year in AS Maths examining graphing; Core 1 includes this bunch of delightful selection of content for graphing: So after we’d done some bits with quadratics and before we hit up circles, I set students a slightly … Continue reading

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